In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope defending himself against critics, a historic deal with Iran is made, and the archbishop of Philadelphia weighs in on the firing of a married lesbian teacher.
“today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “All things have been handed over to me by my Father.” (Matthew 11:27)
In the News:
- After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program.
- For the first time in its 4-billion-year life, Pluto got a visitor from Earth today, or so anxious engineers hope.
- Harper Lee's much anticipated new novel, Go Set A Watchman, was released to eager fans late last night.
- A generation of gamers who grew up playing Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon took to social media to mourn late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who died Saturday from cancer at 55.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis defended himself against critics who accuse him of preaching class warfare, saying that he's just applying Catholic teachings to an economic system that is highly polarized between the rich and poor.
- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday that the Mercy Sisters who run Waldron Mercy Academy showed "character and common sense" in firing a lesbian teacher who has been married since 2007.
After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field.
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